Distinction between Data and Metadata
The distinction between data and metadata is quite clear. The confusion stems from who is talking about it.
metadata = what the puppets think they can get away with today without loosing too much skin.
metadata = what the puppet masters really want and what they will attain once they can get their foot in the door. Also referred to as data.
We are still in the early part of pass the parcel. The tech titans in Canberra who represent us are still trying to define metadata as a publicly acceptable entity rather than a technical concept. Like being strip searched and sterilised at airports or touching a print scanner along with thousands of your fellow travelers now that Ebola is spreading and transmissible through secretions. Under no circumstances should they be assisted in this pursuit. Let them enjoy their moral and intellectual superiority without turncoats - I am looking at you Malcolm - assisting them by offering mechanisms or excuses to climb in yet another window.